Gene Simmons Plans Return To Israel After More Than 50 Years
March 9, 2011
Rocker Gene Simmons is heading back to Israel for the first time in more than 50 years to explore his Jewish roots.
The KISS star, born Chaim Witz, emigrated to America with his mother Flora, a Holocaust survivor, at the age of eight after his parents divorced, and he has never returned.
But the 61 year old is now planning a trip with his girlfriend, former Playboy model Shannon Tweed, as part of his reality TV show Gene Simmons Family Jewels, according to the New York Post.
The bass player will visit the hospital where he was born, in Haifa, and he hopes to be reunited with long-lost relatives, and meet the half-siblings and cousins he has never known.
He will also tour the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem during the trip.